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An investigation into performance related musculoskeletal disorders of professional orchestral string musicians in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Wilson, Laura Maie
dc.contributor.advisor Korporaal, Charmaine Maria Hohls, Quinton Rolf 2010-10-01T11:30:36Z 2012-09-01T22:20:06Z 2010
dc.identifier.other 330932
dc.description Dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Technology: Chiropractic, Durban University of Technology, 2010. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Professional orchestral string musicians are exposed to many physical and psychological stressors due to demands placed on them from playing their instruments. The prevalence of performance-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMD’s) in this highly skilled group of individuals has been investigated internationally, consistently showing a high injury rate. There is however, a paucity of literature documenting the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in South African professional orchestral string players. It is hypothesized that South African trained orchestral string musicians may be at a greater risk for PRMD development due to the unique training and performance environments encountered in this country. Objectives: This study aimed to determine the demographic and injury profile; prevalence rate of current injury and risk factors for musculoskeletal injury in South African professional orchestral string musicians. Method: The study utilized a self administered quantitative questionnaire distributed to all string players in the three professional orchestras in South African in a semi-supervised fashion. SPSS version 15.0 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA) was used to analyze the data. A p value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. iv v Results: There were 27 respondents, with the average participant being a Caucasian, right handed, non-smoking female, 37.11 years of age, 1.5631 meters tall, with a weight of 62.96 kilograms (BMI = 25.768) who exercised regularly (primarily in the gym). A bachelors degree in Music was the most commonly awarded qualification, obtained between the years 2000 and 2009, from a University outside of the Republic of South Africa. The prevalence of PRMD’s in the sample was 63% (n = 17), with a 95% confidence interval of 42.4% to 80.6%.In this study there was a high rate of injury (6.53 PRMD’s per player over a 12 month period), equating to 111 reported injuries in a population of 27 string players. The upper back (defined as the area between the shoulder blades) was the most commonly injured part of the body (77.8%, n = 21), followed by the upper extremity, mainly the shoulder (70.4%, n = 19). No statistically significant relationships were found in determining and confirming expected risk factors in the string players. Conclusion: Professional orchestral string musicians in South Africa suffer from a high rate of injury which is comparable to international studies of the same nature en_US
dc.format.extent 254 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject String musicians en_US
dc.subject Orchestral musician injuries en_US
dc.subject Performance/playing related musculoskeletal disorders en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chiropractic en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Musculoskeletal system--Diseases en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Orchestral musicians--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Stringed instrument players--Wounds and injuries en_US
dc.title An investigation into performance related musculoskeletal disorders of professional orchestral string musicians in South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-002317

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